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  • “Fight and Save:” French exchange pilot reaches multinational dream

    Allured by the distant chopping of helicopter blades, a young French boy diverts his attention from his television screen to watch native pilots rescue stranded hikers in Southeast France. Glancing back at his favorite show, he notices an American pilot navigating a similar airframe, causing him to wonder what it would be like to fly a ‘chopper.’ Through sheer determination, Commandant Micka propelled himself to serve and fly for both nations. As part of the 67th Helicopter Squadron “Pyrenees”, Cazaux Air Base, France, he was proud to “Fight and Save,” fulfilling the French air force helicopter community’s mantra. Now, he’s a part of Moody’s 41st Rescue Squadron to contribute to their motto.
  • Mentorship, a two way street

    Professional athletes, actors and actresses, and even musicians often have one thing in common- mentors. Career Airmen that become chiefs, first sergeants, wing commanders and command chiefs are no different; and The Top 3 organization gave Airmen the opportunity to make these connections when they hosted a speed mentoring event where Senior NCOs mentored NCOs, March 23, 2017, here. “Communication is the key to keeping our Air Force running smoothly and mentorship is how we facilitate the transition of our Airmen at all ranks,” said Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Brown, 23d Wing Plans flight chief. “Mentorship offers a break from normal operations to take an objective look at where we are and where we are going as individuals and as an Air Force.”
  • Moody Veterans: Guardians of Pave Hawks

    The 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit is responsible for Moody’s HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter fleet, an airframe that has been flown by the Air Force since 1991. In that 25-year span thousands of Airmen have piloted and maintained the aircraft and many HMUs around the world employ retired Pave Hawk and UH-60 Black Hawk pilots as the final authority on their Pave Hawks flight readiness. The 41st is one of those HMUs. “We’re the last ones that say it’s good for flight,” said retired U.S. Air Force Major, Robert Walker, 41st HMU contractor maintenance pilot. “If it’s not ready we do not release the aircraft. We never sacrifice safety, no matter how bad they need [the aircraft]. We can’t give them something that we know is going to break, in good conscience.”
  • AF Global Response Force unit proves combat readiness

    An emergency situation is heating up in an undisclosed location, as violence and hostility erupts in a rash of villages, tensions build. The nation has no choice but to ask the U.S. Air Force for assistance. In order to provide that assistance, the Air Force will task a unique squadron with specialized capabilities to deploy to that location and set up a bare base, in less than 72 hours. That’s what it means to be a Global Response Force and that’s what the 822d Base Defense Group validated during their Mission Readiness Exercise March 2-14, at Avon Park Air Force Range, Fla.
  • Pararescueman to be awarded Air Force Cross

    It was his first official mission as a Pararescueman. The blades of the helicopter were spinning as the freezing air of the snowy mountains blew around him. With adrenaline pumping through him, the only thing he could hear were his anxious thoughts of fear and excitement. What he had believed would be a rewarding experience was quickly turning into a nightmare. BOOM! The helicopter was struck by a Rocket Propelled Grenade and the pilots were losing control, forcing an emergency landing at an altitude over 11,000 ft. in several feet of snow. He could see glimpses of daylight as bullets were fired into the side of the helicopter. The team unclipped from their seats, forced to exit the aircraft with nothing but instinct to guide them.
  • Vehicle maintainer drives 822d BDS

    Five Airmen bump around in the cabin of their Humvee as the tires make tracks in the unpaved dirt road they’re traveling on. Without warning they begin to skid; careening from side-to-side until the driver is able to safely bring the vehicle to a complete stop. What caused the Humvee to act that way? Only one of the more than 125 Airmen in the 822d Base Defense Squadron can answer that question, because he’s the only vehicle maintainer. The 822d BDS completed their Mission Readiness Exercise March 2 to 14, at Avon Park Air Force Range, Fla., where they utilized 26 vehicles and gave him a taste of what a deployment with the 822d BDS could be like.
  • Flying Tigers celebrate 75 years

    Flying Tigers, past and present, descended on Moody, for the Flying Tiger Reunion, here March 9-11, 2017. The reunion marked the 75th anniversary of Claire Chennault’s all volunteer group and gave attendees the opportunity to celebrate their heritage and share war stories among four generations of Flying Tigers.
  • 55th RQS: The maintainers that keep HH-60Gs flying

    (This story is part of the “55th RQS series” which highlights the different AFSCs associated with the unit.) The 55th Rescue Squadron conducts training missions on a regular basis, but when the HH-60G Pave Hawk is grounded, a completely different crew handles the aircraft.
  • Continuing a legacy

    Very few things happen by chance and often times, history repeats itself. The June 1997 issue of Recruiter Magazine contained an article entitled “Making History,” written about Terry Cooper. She was a senior master sergeant who was the first-female squadron superintendent of the 336th Recruiting Squadron. Twenty years have passed and there has only been one other female to hold that position.
  • DM OPFOR bolsters joint training

    Insurgents slowly approach a bazaar, hugging a wall as they creep down an empty street. Armed with rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47s, they are on the hunt for U.S. troops rumored to be in the area. In an adjacent field, an MV-22 Osprey kicks up a thick cloud of dirt as it lands. Excited by the target, the insurgents scale the wall only to be quickly neutralized by a force of waiting Marines.
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